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: this is the man chosen to lead a newly formed coalition of syria's opposition groups. >> what does it mean to be recognized by the u.s.? the u.s. administration has big influence globally he told us. a step like that would pull the rug from under the regime on all levels, politically, economically, and militarily. the damascus foreign cleric has long been opposed to the government. he's been jailed numerous times. in july he finally fled to cairo. now he travels the world asking for international support for syria's opposition. do you feel that the international community has done enough to help syria? >> no. the international community fell short in its support to the syrian people, he said, but it is starting to wake up now. so far, though, the u.s. has refused to arm the rebels because of concerns about the rising role of islamic extremists and the rebellious. i think the media has exaggerated this whole issue, he said. we spent quite a bit of time inside syria. on the ground, we've seen extremists operating. the media has been reporting that there are terrorists and radical groups, he
nuclear weapons. >>> the u.s. is considering military options if syria uses chemical or biological weapons against opponents of the assad regime. u.s. intelligence has detected signs the syrian regime has begun preparing chemical weapons for possible use. it's believed syria has chemical and biological weapons stored at some two dozen sites. speaking in washington yesterday, president obama issued a pointed warning to president bashar assad. >> the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> the assad regime won't admit it has chemical weapons, but says if it did, it would not use them. >>> in egypt today, opponents of president mohamed morsi plan a huge protest march and a general strike. crowds have started to gather in cairo's tahrir square. holly williams is in cairo. holly, good morning to you. what's the latest there now? >> good morning, terrell. well, president morsi's opponents are calling this a final warning to the pr
. thank you so much. to the crisis now in syria. there are growing fears this morning that as opposition forces advance, a desperate assad regime may consider using chemical weapons. as events on the ground pick up speed so do diplomatic efforts. susan mcginnis has details on a high level meeting between the u.s. and russia. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. intelligence reports are suggesting as this regime gets closer to falling, syrian president, bashir al assad could release sirin gas on the people there to subdue the rebellion. this would be a new phase of the war. it has the u.s. uniting with russia to stop it and some here on capitol hill calling for u.s. military intervention. rockets streak across the syrian sky as the battle between rebel forces and troops move to outskirts of the capital of damascus. jeffrey white says it's only a matter time before the bloody civil war is over. >> you can feel it. you can sense it. looks like the regime is being defeated. >> reporter: intelligence officials say chemical weapons believed to be stored at this syrian base ha
of egypt and an escalation in syria's civil war. the assad regime may use weapons of mass destruction against its own people. >>> what to expect when the labor department releases the november jobs report today. did superstorm sandy deliver a hit to hiring. >>> the duchess of cbridge is discharged from the london hospital where she was treated for morning sickness april and for the first time one of kate's relatives is talking about her pregnancy. >> what is your reaction about the news to duchess of cambridge. >> how do you know i'm not a radio station? >> this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, december 7, 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. a strong earthquake hit northeastern japan this morning, the magnitude 7.3 quake struck in the early evening in the same area that suffered a powerful quake and tsunami last year. a tsunami warning has been issued. residents have been told to move to higher ground. the fukushima nuclear plant has not been damaged. the quake was felt as far south as tokyo. lucy craft is in tokyo. what can you tell us? >> reporter: n
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